Hartford/VA Scholars

The Veteran’s Administration (VA) Scholars program continues the work that began with the GSWI’s Scholars Program. Each year, the VA and GSA select two or three VA post-doctoral social work researchers who have approved dedicated time for research and other scholarly activity. Each VA Research Scholar has a mentor and participates in activities at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, including intensive research seminars and alumni networking activities.

Meet some of our Hartford/VA Scholars:

Lori Daniels, Portland Vet Center
Joseph Hunter, Albany Stratton Veterans Administration Hospital 

Meet the 2014 Cohort:

Nikola R. Alenkin, PhD, LCSW, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Aging Veterans in the Domiciliary: Their Perceptions and Realities of Military Experience and Impacts on Treatment Outcomes

Gina M. McCaskill, PhD, MSW, MPA, Birmingham VA Medical Center
A Qualitiative Study on Physical Activity Among Older Veterans of MOVE!®

Kelsey Simons, PhD, LMSW, Canandaigua VA Medical Center
Veterans in Transition: Returning to the Community After a Nursing Home Stay


2014 Hartford/VA Scholar Application Materials & FAQs
The 2014 Application Cycle is closed. 

Hartford Partnership with Department of Veterans Affairs SW Scholar Program
2014 Hartford/VA Scholar Application

How do I apply for the program?

VA employees stating interest in the Hartford Program and in pursuing application to the Hartford Scholars Program must receive approval of eligibility from VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA). Materials must be submitted to OAA no later than May 1, 2014. To read more about this process refer to the Hartford/VA Scholar application form.

How should I format my application? What file type should I use?

All submitted applications should use the format provided in the application guide. Each applicant must send the full application in one PDF file. The file should be sent to Deborah Ludke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Where do I send my application once it is complete?

Please send the entire application in (1) PDF file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; the subject line should read ATTN: Hartford/VA Social Work Scholars Program.

Will my re-submitted application be reviewed by the same reviewers from the first time?

When possible, the same reviewers are assigned.

Do I need Human Subjects approval at the time of my application?

Human Subjects approval at the time of your application is not needed. However, prior to any human subjects involvement by your research study, human subjects approval is required as per the VA Human Subjects requirements and procedures.

What is expected of the Local VA Mentor?

The Local VA Mentor shall be an individual serving as the principal advocate for the applicant at the VA facility. Optimally, the local VA mentor shall have subject-matter expertise in geriatrics or other subjects relevant to the applicant's area of inquiry. The local VA mentor shall have sufficient involvement at the applicant's VA facility and sufficient knowledge to effectively assist the applicant in developing a research plan, fulfilling all local requirements for approval of research projects, obtaining and maintaining sufficient institutional support to fulfill the applicant's proposed program.